By James Anderson
The highs and lows of a football season can be maddening, and the New England Patriots know this all too well.
However, it had to be frustrating for the hometown team after a solid, semi-statement win over the Buffalo Bills 38-22 on Sunday, to also suffer big losses to their squad. Dan Connolly, Jerod Mayo and Stevan Ridley suffered injuries during the game, and it was reported by ESPN on Monday afternoon that both Ridley and Mayo will be lost for the rest of the season, with Connolly suffering a concussion.
Despite the losses, the Patriots excelled, never trailing in the contest and forcing three turnovers from their division rival. For Tom Brady, it was another answer from him to the talks of his best days being behind him, as he delivered four touchdown passes and was 27-37 for 361 yards. He connected with Brandon LaFell for separate TD passes in the 4th quarter, for 17 and 56 yard passes for each. Tim Wright and Brian Tyms, reeled in the other TD passes.
For the Bills, Kyle Orton was 24-38 for 299 yards, with 2 touchdowns, 1 interception and one of the two fumbles for the Bills.
With the win, the Patriots now take command of 1st place in the AFC East with a 4-2 record, and the competition in the division is heating up. It’s a quick turnaround for New England, as they will do battle with the New York Jets on Thursday night at Gillette Stadium. The loss on Sunday brings the Bills to .500 at 3-3.